Fairfield school bond issue fails, triggers recount

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- The Fairfield school ballot issue has failed by 31 votes, which will trigger an automatic recount in the first week of December.

The Butler County Board of Elections counted the official ballots from the Nov. 5 general election on Tuesday to determine if the school's 2.62-mill bond issue could move forward with construction plans.

In the results announced Tuesday, 6,590 people voted against, 6,559 voted in favor of the bond. The bond failed by 31 votes.

There were 125 provisional ballots cast on Nov. 5 and 16 absentee votes postmarked on Nov. 4. Nineteen of Fairfield's provisional ballots were invalidated.
The bond issue would have pulled $19 million from the state to help with construction. The bond issue also would have generated $61 million for the project.

“It’s something that we feel is important for our community,” Jerome Kearns, Fairfield school board member told the Journal-News .

“We have a great opportunity to tap into some funds to offset the costs. We would look at a smaller percentage to accomplish this project,” he said.

The Journal-News reported that a majority of the invalidated provisional ballots — 40 — were cast by people who were non-registered voters.

Fairfield City School District levy has been scheduled for Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.


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